26 April 2009

RSAF Replaces Ageing A-4SU Super Skyhawks

14 Juli 2000
A-4SU of the RSAF (photo : Militaryphotos)

The Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) will be replacing its ageing A-4SU Super Skyhawks as part of its ongoing force modernisation programme. This was announced by the Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence RADM (NS) Teo Chee Hean, at Tengah Air Base this morning (14 Jul), after a preview of the Black Knights' aerobatic display for the Carnival at the Bay during National Day Parade 2000.

TA-4SU of the RSAF (photo : Airliners)

The A-4s are of 1950's vintage and have been in the RSAF fleet since 1973. The aircraft went through avionics and engine upgrades in the 1980s. However, it will not be cost-effective to maintain and operate them as they age further. There is a need to progressively replace these ageing aircraft in the RSAF's inventory as they reach the end of their operational lifespan and cannot be upgraded further. MINDEF plans to replace the first batch of A-4SUs with 20 F-16 C/Ds manufactured by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. These are expected to be delivered in the next 3-4 years.

Sumber : Mindef

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